Stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. However, when stress exceeds your ability to cope, it stops being helpful and starts to cause damage to your mind and body.
If stress on the job is interfering with your work performance, health or personal life, then it’s time to take action.
Here are a few tips.
- Identify your stress triggers: To begin coping with stress at work, it’s important to identify your stress triggers and look for ways to resolve them. Keep a journal and for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you responded to them. Once you've identified your stress triggers, consider each situation or event and look for ways to resolve it. Often, the best way to cope with stress is to find a way to change the circumstances that are causing it.
- Stay Organized: Planning ahead to stay organized can greatly decrease stress at work. Being organized with your time means less rushing in the morning to avoid being late and rushing to get out at the end of the day. Keeping yourself organized means avoiding the negative effects of clutter, and being more efficient with your work.
- Take out time to relax: Activities such as meditation, exercises can help melt away stress. Start by taking a few minutes each day to focus on a simple activity like breathing, walking or enjoying a meal. Take time off to get enough sleep and unwind, go see a movie, go on a vacation e.t.c.
- Establish boundaries. In today's digital world, it's easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day. Establish some work-life boundaries for yourself. That might mean making a rule not to check email from home in the evening, or not answering the phone during dinner. creating some clear boundaries between these realms can reduce the potential for work-life conflict and the stress that goes with it.